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1 Planning Guide for Students and Parents A Program of Studies Grades

2 HENRICO COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS DR. PATRICK KINLAW SUPERINTENDENT POST OFFICE BOX HENRICO, VIRGINIA (804) Dear Students and Parents: This planning guide, which describes Henrico County Public Schools middle and high school programs and courses, is being provided to assist students and parents in making prudent educational decisions in preparing for the 21 st century. Parents, thank you for continuing to work with counselors, teachers, and administrators to help your child develop an Educational Plan. When students take advantage of the many options in Henrico County Public Schools, they will ready themselves for the challenges of college and the workplace. Students, thank you for continuing to develop important habits and attitudes as you learn the content of the courses described in this guide. Success in school, just as in all walks of life, requires planning, hard work, self-discipline, and respect for others. Together, as a team, we will continue to provide excellent opportunities for all students. The employees of Henrico County Public Schools are here to serve you and welcome your questions, comments, and suggestions. Sincerely, Patrick C. Kinlaw, Ed.D. Superintendent An Equal Opportunity Employer

3 This individualized plan is tentative and will be reviewed annually. Your school counselor will help you develop your plan and will monitor your progress. Henrico County Public Schools Academic & Career Plan Name DOB: Middle School High School Specialty Center Program Diploma Choice: Advanced Standard Modified High School Credit Courses in Middle School Years 6-8 Year- Grade 9 Post Secondary Plans Grade 10 Year- Grade 11 Year- Tentative Career Cluster/Plan: Gr. 7 Gr. 8 Gr. 9 Gr.10 Gr.11 virginiacareerview.org virginiawizard.org virginiamentor.org Grade 12 Year- Verified Verified Verified Verified Verified Course Course Course Course Course English 9 English 10 English 11 English 12 Health & P.E. 9 Health & P.E. 10 Total Credits Total Credits Total Credits Total Credits Total Credits Requirements for a student to earn a diploma from a Virginia High School are those in effect when a student enters ninth grade for the first time. Please see the charts in Section 1 of the Planning Guide for details. Notes: Rev. 10/15/12

4 Program of Studies Grades 6-12: A Planning Guide for Students and Parents Table of Contents Page Academic and Career Plan... 3 Section I - Requirements and Options Graduation Requirements... 8 Overview of High School Program Options - Chart...15 Section II - General Information Accreditation...18 Adding or Dropping High School Courses...18 Advance College Academy...18 Advanced Placement Examinations Program...18 Apprenticeship...19 College Credit...19 Community Service Learning...19 Competency-Based Career and Technical Education (CBCTE)...19 Comprehensive High Schools...19 Comprehensive School Health Programs...19 Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)/Class Rank...19 Diploma Seals...21 Dual Enrollment...22 Eligibility for Activities - Middle School and High School...22 English as a Second Language (ESL)...23 Examinations...23 Exceptional Education...23 Gifted and Advanced Learners...23 Grading Scale and Honor Roll...24 Homebound Instruction...25 Instructional Grouping...25 International Baccalaureate Diploma Program...25 Maggie L. Walker Governor s School for Government and International Studies...26 Military Science/JROTC...26 NCAA Eligibility Center for College-Bound Athletes...26 Nontraditional Programs...27 Number of Periods Per Day...28 Online Classes...28 Promotion Policies...28 School Counseling...29 School/Parent Communication on Student Progress...29 Sequential Electives - Standard Diploma...29 Specialty Centers...29 Standards of Learning (SOL), End-of-Course Tests, Verified Credits, and Substitute Assessments...29 Student Activities...32 Summer Programs...32 Testing Program: An overview of division-wide standardized tests and local assessments...32

5 Section III - Career and Technical Education (CTE) Career Clusters...34 Descriptions and Course Offerings for Each Cluster and CTE Industry Credential Information Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Hospitality & Tourism Architecture & Construction Human Services Arts, A/V Technology & Communications Information Technology Business Management & Administration Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security Education & Training Manufacturing Finance Marketing Government & Public Administration Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Health Science Transportation, Distribution & Logistics Technical Center Programs - An Overview of Offerings High Tech Academy...40 Section IV - Specialty Centers and Programs: Curriculum Models with Course Descriptions Advance College Academy...42 Center for the Arts...44 Center for Communications...47 Center for Education and Human Development...48 Center for Engineering...50 Center for the Humanities...52 Center for Information Technology...54 Center for the International Baccalaureate (IB)...56 Center for Leadership, Government, and Global Economics...64 Center for Science, Mathematics, and Technology...65 Center for World Languages...67 Section V - Course Descriptions Agricultural Education...70 Art...70 Business and Information Technology...72 Driver Education...74 Dual Enrollment Courses...74 English/Language Arts...74 English as a Second Language...76 Exceptional Education...77 Exploratory Courses - Middle Schools...81 Family and Consumer Sciences...81 Health and Medical Sciences...82 Health and Physical Education...82 Marketing...83 Mathematics...84 Military Science - JROTC...86 Music...86 Reading...88 Science...88 Social Studies...90 Technology Education...92 Trade and Industrial Education...94 Virginia Randolph Education Center...96 Vocational Alternative Education...96 World Languages...96 Educational Specialists Specialty Centers and Programs Henrico County Middle Schools Henrico County High Schools Technical Centers and Special Programs Administrative Staff for Instruction HCPS Mission Statement and Beliefs

6 NOTES 6

7 SECTION I Requirements and Options

8 Graduation Requirements State of Virginia Standard Diploma Effective with students entering ninth grade in through NOTE: Requirements for a student to earn a diploma from a Virginia high school shall be those in effect when that student enters ninth grade for the first time. STANDARD DIPLOMA COURSE REQUIREMENTS Discipline Area Standard Credits Verified Credits English 4 2 Mathematics [Note 1] 3 1 Laboratory Science [Notes 2 & 6] 3 1 History & Social Sciences [Notes 3 & 6] 3 1 Health & Physical Education 2 Fine Arts or Career & Technical Education 1 Electives [Note 4] 6 Student Selected Test [ Note 5] 1 Total 22 6 NOTE 1: Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall be at or above the level of Algebra and shall include at least two course selections from among: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or other mathematics courses above the level of Algebra and Geometry. NOTE 2: Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include course selections from at least two different science disciplines: Earth Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. NOTE 3: Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include U.S. and Virginia History, U.S. and Virginia Government, and one course in either World History or Geography or both. NOTE 4: Courses to satisfy this requirement shall include at least two sequential electives. Sequential Electives: Sequential electives may be in any discipline as long as the courses are not specifically required for graduation. Courses used to satisfy the one unit of credit in a fine arts or career and technical education course may be used to partially satisfy this requirement. An introductory course followed by another level of the same course of study may be used. Sequential electives do not have to be taken in consecutive years. NOTE 5: A student may utilize additional tests for earning verified credit in Computer Science, Technology, career and technical education or other areas as prescribed by the Board in 8 VAC NOTE 6: Students who complete a career and technical [education] program sequence and pass an examination or occupational competency assessment in a career and technical education field that confers certification or an occupational competency credential from a recognized industry, or trade or professional association or acquires a professional license in a career and technical education field from the Commonwealth of Virginia may substitute the certification, competency credential, or license for (1) the student selected verified credit and (2) either a science or history or social science verified credit when the certification, license, or credential confers more than one verified credit. The examination or occupational competency assessment must be approved by the Board of Education as an additional test to verify student achievement. A standard credit is awarded for a course in which the student receives 140 clock hours of instruction and successfully completes the objectives of the course as evidenced by a passing grade. A verified credit is awarded for a course in which the student earns a standard unit of credit and achieves a passing score on a corresponding end-ofcourse Standards of Learning test or a substitute assessment approved by the Board of Education. Regular education students who successfully complete all academic coursework required for the Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma, but who have not earned/been awarded the necessary number of verified credits required by the state for the awarding of a diploma, will be awarded a Certificate of Program Completion. These students may continue to take the SOL tests needed to upgrade their Certificate of Program Completion to a diploma. 8 Section I - Requirements and Options

9 Graduation Requirements State of Virginia Standard Diploma Effective with students entering the ninth grade in & NOTE: Requirements for a student to earn a diploma from a Virginia high school shall be those in effect when that student enters ninth grade for the first time. STANDARD DIPLOMA COURSE REQUIREMENTS Discipline Area Standard Credits Verified Credits-Effective English 4 2 Mathematics [Note 1] 3 1 Laboratory Science [Notes 2 & 6] 3 1 History & Social Sciences [Notes 3 & 6] 3 1 Health & Physical Education 2 World Language, Fine Arts, or Career & 2 Technical Education [Note 7] Economics & Personal Finance 1 Electives [Note 4] 4 Student Selected Test [ Note 5] 1 Total 22 6 NOTE 1: Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall be at or above the level of Algebra and shall include at least two course selections from among: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or other mathematics courses above the level of Algebra and Geometry. NOTE 2: Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include course selections from at least two different science disciplines: Earth Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. NOTE 3: Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include U.S. and Virginia History, U.S. and Virginia Government, and one course in either World History or Geography or both. NOTE 4: Courses to satisfy this requirement shall include at least two sequential electives. Sequential Electives: Sequential electives may be in any discipline as long as the courses are not specifically required for graduation. Courses used to satisfy the one unit of credit in a fine arts or career and technical education course may be used to partially satisfy this requirement. An introductory course followed by another level of the same course of study may be used. Sequential electives do not have to be taken in consecutive years. NOTE 5: A student may utilize additional tests for earning verified credit in Computer Science, Technology, career and technical education or other areas as prescribed by the Board in 8 VAC NOTE 6: Students who complete a career and technical [education] program sequence and pass an examination or occupational competency assessment in a career and technical education field that confers certification or an occupational competency credential from a recognized industry, or trade or professional association or acquires a professional license in a career and technical education field from the Commonwealth of Virginia may substitute the certification, competency credential, or license for (1) the student selected verified credit and (2) either a science or history or social science verified credit when the certification, license, or credential confers more than one verified credit. The examination or occupational competency assessment must be approved by the Board of Education as an additional test to verify student achievement. NOTE 7: For students entering the ninth grade for the first time in and beyond: Pursuant to Section :4, Code of Virginia, credits earned for this requirement shall include one credit in fine or performing arts, career and technical education and/or world language. A standard credit is awarded for a course in which the student receives 140 clock hours of instruction and successfully completes the objectives of the course as evidenced by a passing grade. A verified credit is awarded for a course in which the student earns a standard unit of credit and achieves a passing score on a corresponding end-ofcourse Standards of Learning test or a substitute assessment approved by the Board of Education. Regular education students who successfully complete all academic coursework required for the Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma, but who have not earned/been awarded the necessary number of verified credits required by the state for the awarding of a diploma, will be awarded a Certificate of Program Completion. These students may continue to take the SOL tests needed to upgrade their Certificate of Program Completion to a diploma. Section I - Requirements and Options 9

10 Graduation Requirements State of Virginia Standard Diploma Beginning with students entering the ninth grade for the first time in and beyond Requirements for a student to earn a diploma from a Virginia high school shall be those in effect when that student enters ninth grade for the first time. Beginning with students entering the ninth grade for the first time in and beyond, a student must also: Earn a board-approved career and technical education credential to graduate with a Standard Diploma, and Successfully complete one virtual course, which may be non-credit bearing. The modified diploma will no longer be an option for students beginning 9th grade for the first time in and beyond. Credit accommodations are available to students with disabilities as pathways to a standard diploma. The 504 or IEP team determines the provision of credit accommodations. STANDARD DIPLOMA COURSE REQUIREMENTS Discipline Area Standard Credits Verified Credits English 4 2 Mathematics [Note 1] 3 1 Laboratory Science [Notes 2 & 6] 3 1 History & Social Sciences [Notes 3 & 6] 3 1 Health & Physical Education 2 World Language, Fine Arts, or Career & 2 Technical Education Economics & Personal Finance 1 Electives [Note 4] 4 Student Selected Test [ Note 5] 1 Total 22 6 NOTE 1: Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall be at or above the level of Algebra and shall include at least two course selections from among: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or other mathematics courses above the level of Algebra and Geometry. NOTE 2: Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include course selections from at least two different science disciplines: Earth Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. NOTE 3: Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include U.S. and Virginia History, U.S. and Virginia Government, and one course in either World History or Geography or both. NOTE 4: Courses to satisfy this requirement shall include at least two sequential electives. Sequential Electives: Sequential electives may be in any discipline as long as the courses are not specifically required for graduation. Courses used to satisfy the one unit of credit in a fine arts or career and technical education course may be used to partially satisfy this requirement. An introductory course followed by another level of the same course of study may be used. Sequential electives do not have to be taken in consecutive years. NOTE 5: A student may utilize additional tests for earning verified credit in Computer Science, Technology, career and technical education or other areas as prescribed by the Board in 8 VAC NOTE 6: Students who complete a career and technical [education] program sequence and pass an examination or occupational competency assessment in a career and technical education field that confers certification or an occupational competency credential from a recognized industry, or trade or professional association or acquires a professional license in a career and technical education field from the Commonwealth of Virginia may substitute the certification, competency credential, or license for (1) the student selected verified credit and (2) either a science or history or social science verified credit when the certification, license, or credential confers more than one verified credit. The examination or occupational competency assessment must be approved by the Board of Education as an additional test to verify student achievement. A standard credit is awarded for a course in which the student receives 140 clock hours of instruction and successfully completes the objectives of the course as evidenced by a passing grade. A verified credit is awarded for a course in which the student earns a standard unit of credit and achieves a passing score on a corresponding end-of-course Standards of Learning test or a substitute assessment approved by the Board of Education. Regular education students who successfully complete all academic coursework required for the Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma, but who have not earned/been awarded the necessary number of verified credits required by the state for the awarding of a diploma, will be awarded a Certificate of Program Completion. These students may continue to take the SOL tests needed to upgrade their Certificate of Program Completion to a diploma. 10 Section I - Requirements and Options

11 Graduation Requirements State of Virginia Advanced Studies Diploma Effective with students entering ninth grade in through NOTE: Requirements for a student to earn a diploma from a Virginia high school shall be those in effect when that student enters ninth grade for the first time. ADVANCED STUDIES DIPLOMA COURSE REQUIREMENTS Discipline Area Standard Credits Verified Credit English 4 2 Mathematics [Note 1] 4 2 Laboratory Science [Note 2] 4 2 History & Social Sciences [Note 3] 4 2 World Languages [Note 4] 3 Health & Physical Education 2 Fine Arts or Career & Technical 1 Education Electives 2 Student Selected Test [ Note 5] 1 Total 24 9 NOTE 1: Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include at least three different course selections from among: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or other mathematics courses above the level of Algebra II. NOTE 2: Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include course selections from at least three different science disciplines from among: Earth Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics or completion of the sequence of science courses required for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. NOTE 3: Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include U.S. and Virginia History, U.S. and Virginia Government, and two courses in either World History or Geography or both. NOTE 4: The Advanced Studies Diploma contains a requirement for either three years of one world language or two years of two languages. NOTE 5: A student may utilize additional tests for earning verified credit in computer science, technology, career or technical education or other areas as prescribed by the Board in 8 VAC A standard credit is awarded for a course in which the student receives 140 clock hours of instruction and successfully completes the objectives of the course as evidenced by a passing grade. A verified credit is awarded for a course in which the student earns a standard unit of credit and achieves a passing score on a corresponding end-of-course Standards of Learning test or a substitute assessment approved by the Board of Education. Regular education students who successfully complete all academic coursework required for the Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma, but who have not earned/been awarded the necessary number of verified credits required by the state for the awarding of a diploma, will be awarded a Certificate of Program Completion. These students may continue to take the Standards of Learning tests needed to upgrade their Certificate of Program Completion to a diploma. Section I - Requirements and Options 11

12 Graduation Requirements State of Virginia Advanced Studies Diploma Effective with students entering the ninth grade in & NOTE: Requirements for a student to earn a diploma from a Virginia high school shall be those in effect when that student enters ninth grade for the first time. ADVANCED STUDIES DIPLOMA COURSE REQUIREMENTS Discipline Area Standard Credits Verified Credits English 4 2 Mathematics [Note 1] 4 2 Laboratory Science [Note 2] 4 2 History & Social Sciences [Note 3] 4 2 World Languages [Note 4] 3 Health & Physical Education 2 Fine Arts or Career & Technical 1 Education Economics & Personal Finance 1 Electives 3 Student Selected Test [ Note 5] 1 Total 26 9 NOTE 1: Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include at least three different course selections from among: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or other mathematics courses above the level of Algebra II. NOTE 2: Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include course selections from at least three different science disciplines from among: Earth Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics or completion of the sequence of science courses required for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. NOTE 3: Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include U.S. and Virginia History, U.S. and Virginia Government, and two courses in either World History or Geography or both. NOTE 4: The Advanced Studies Diploma contains a requirement for either three years of one world language or two years of two languages. NOTE 5: A student may utilize additional tests for earning verified credit in computer science, technology, career or technical education or other areas as prescribed by the Board in 8 VAC A standard credit is awarded for a course in which the student receives 140 clock hours of instruction and successfully completes the objectives of the course as evidenced by a passing grade. A verified credit is awarded for a course in which the student earns a standard unit of credit and achieves a passing score on a corresponding end-of-course Standards of Learning test or a substitute assessment approved by the Board of Education. Regular education students who successfully complete all academic coursework required for the Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma, but who have not earned/been awarded the necessary number of verified credits required by the state for the awarding of a diploma, will be awarded a Certificate of Program Completion. These students may continue to take the Standards of Learning tests needed to upgrade their Certificate of Program Completion to a diploma. 12 Section I - Requirements and Options

13 Graduation Requirements State of Virginia Advanced Studies Diploma Beginning with students entering the ninth grade for the first time in and beyond Requirements for a student to earn a diploma from a Virginia high school shall be those in effect when that student enters ninth grade for the first time. Beginning with students entering the ninth grade for the first time in and beyond, a student must successfully complete one virtual course, which may be non-credit bearing. ADVANCED STUDIES DIPLOMA COURSE REQUIREMENTS Discipline Area Standard Verified Credits English 4 2 Mathematics [Note 1] 4 2 Laboratory Science [Note 2] 4 2 History & Social Sciences [Note 3] 4 2 World Languages [Note 4] 3 Health & Physical Education 2 Fine Arts or Career & Technical 1 Education Economics & Personal Finance 1 Electives 3 Student Selected Test [ Note 5] 1 Total 26 9 NOTE 1: Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include at least three different course selections from among: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or other mathematics courses above the level of Algebra II. NOTE 2: Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include course selections from at least three different science disciplines from among: Earth Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics or completion of the sequence of science courses required for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. NOTE 3: Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include U.S. and Virginia History, U.S. and Virginia Government, and two courses in either World History or Geography or both. NOTE 4: The Advanced Studies Diploma contains a requirement for either three years of one world language or two years of two languages. NOTE 5: A student may utilize additional tests for earning verified credit in computer science, technology, career or technical education or other areas as prescribed by the Board in 8 VAC A standard credit is awarded for a course in which the student receives 140 clock hours of instruction and successfully completes the objectives of the course as evidenced by a passing grade. A verified credit is awarded for a course in which the student earns a standard unit of credit and achieves a passing score on a corresponding end-of-course Standards of Learning test or a substitute assessment approved by the Board of Education. Regular education students who successfully complete all academic coursework required for the Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma, but who have not earned/been awarded the necessary number of verified credits required by the state for the awarding of a diploma, will be awarded a Certificate of Program Completion. These students may continue to take the Standards of Learning tests needed to upgrade their Certificate of Program Completion to a diploma. Section I - Requirements and Options 13

14 Graduation Requirements State of Virginia Modified Standard Diploma The Modified Standard Diploma is intended for certain students at the secondary level who have a disability and are unlikely to meet the credit requirements for a Standard Diploma. The student s Individualized Education Program (IEP) team and the student s parents determine eligibility and participation at any point after the student s 8 th grade year. The modified diploma will no longer be an option for students beginning 9th grade for the first time in and beyond. Credit accommodations are available to students with disabilities as pathways to a standard diploma. The 504 or IEP team determines the provision of credit accommodations. MODIFIED STANDARD DIPLOMA COURSE REQUIREMENTS Discipline Area Standard Credits English 4 Mathematics [Note 1] 3 Laboratory Science [Note 2] 2 History & Social Sciences [Note 3] 2 Health & Physical Education 2 Fine Arts or Career & Technical Education 1 Electives [Note 4] 6 Total 20 In addition to these credits, students must Pass the 8 th grade English (Reading, Literature, and Research) Standards of Learning test OR Pass the 11 th grade English (Reading, Literature, and Research) Standards of Learning test AND Pass the 8 th grade mathematics Standards of Learning test OR Earn a verified credit in high school mathematics Note 1: Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include content from among applications of algebra, geometry, personal finance and statistics in courses that have been approved by the Board. Note 2: Courses complete shall include content from at least two of the following: applications of earth science, biology, chemistry, or physics in courses approved by the Board. Note 3: Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include one unit of credit in U.S. and Virginia History and one unit of credit in U.S. and Virginia Government in courses approved by the Board. Note 4: Courses to satisfy this requirement shall include a least two sequential electives in the same manner required for the Standard Diploma. Sequential Electives: Sequential electives may be in any discipline as long as the courses are not specifically required for graduation. Courses used to satisfy the one unit of credit in a fine arts or career and technical education course may be used to partially satisfy this requirement. For career and technical education electives, check with the Office of Career and Technical Education at (804) An exploratory course followed by an introductory course may not be used to satisfy the requirement. An introductory course followed by another level of the same course of study may be used. Sequential electives do not have to be taken in consecutive years. A standard credit is awarded for a course in which the student receives 140 clock hours of instruction and successfully completes the objectives of the course as evidenced by a passing grade. A verified credit is awarded for a course in which the student earns a standard unit of credit and achieves a passing score on a corresponding end-of-course Standards of Learning test or a substitute assessment approved by the Board of Education. Graduation Requirements State of Virginia Special Diploma SPECIAL DIPLOMA To receive a Special Diploma, a student must receive exceptional education services and meet the requirements specified in his/her Individualized Education Plan (IEP). 14 Section I - Requirements and Options

15 Overview of High School Program Options Henrico County Public Schools Comprehensive High Schools Academic Core Electives Career Clusters English Fine Arts Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Mathematics Career and Technical Education Architecture & Construction Science General Academics Arts, A/V Technology & Communications Social Studies World Languages Business Management & Administration Education & Training Finance Government & Public Administration Health Science Hospitality & Tourism Specialty Centers Technical Centers JROTC Nontraditional Programs Advance College Academy Specialized college-preparatory programs requiring application for admission Center for the Arts (Henrico High School) Center for Communications (Varina High School) Center for Education and Human Development (Glen Allen High School) Center for Engineering (Highland Springs High School) Center for the Humanities (Hermitage High School) Center for Information Technology (Deep Run High School) Center for the International Baccalaureate Program (Henrico and J. R. Tucker High School) Center for Leadership, Government, and Global Economics (Douglas S. Freeman High School) Center for Science, Mathematics, and Technology (Mills E. Godwin High School) Center for World Languages (J. R. Tucker High School) Specialized technical concentrations available to all high school students beginning in the 11th grade with an application for admission required during the 10th grade year. Hermitage Technical Center (Career Clusters and Dual Enrollment) Highland Springs Technical Center (Career Clusters, High Tech Academy, and Dual Enrollment) Military studies at six high schools Naval JROTC - Henrico High School, Varina High School Marine JROTC - Hermitage High School, Highland Springs High School, J. R. Tucker High School Air Force JROTC - Deep Run High School Maggie L. Walker Governor s School for Government & International Studies Middle School Exploring Careers and Planning for High School High School Options Academic and Technical programs of studies offered in all high schools (Advanced Placement/Honors, College Prep, Standard Academic Prep, and Dual Enrollment) Personalized program of studies requiring application for admission Academy at Virginia Randolph GRAD/Performance Learning Center Center for Diversified Studies GAD/ISAEP/GED Creative School Involvement Online Credit Recovery Evening School of Excellence Program for Academic and Career Empowerment Post-Secondary Options Human Services Information Technology Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security Manufacturing Marketing Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Transportation, Distribution & Logistics A program in which students earn an advanced studies high school diploma while concurrently earning 60 credits from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. Regional high school offering a college-preparatory program requiring application for admission Four-Year College Two-Year College Other Professional Training Apprenticeship Military Service Work Force Living and Working in the 21st Century Section I - Requirements and Options 15

16 NOTES 16 Section I - Requirements and Options

17 SECTION II General Information

18 Accreditation General Information Henrico County Public Schools are accredited by the Virginia Department of Education. Adding or Dropping High School Courses ADD: 1) Year-long courses may not be added after the first nine-weeks' grading period. 2) Semester courses may not be added after the first interim report of either semester. DROP: 1) Any year-long courses dropped on or before the end of the first nine-weeks' grading period will not appear on the high school transcript. Any semester courses dropped on or before the first interim report for that semester will not appear on the high school transcript. 2) Any courses dropped after the first nine-weeks' grading period OR after the first interim report for semester courses will result in one of the following: a) WP = (Withdrawn Passing) NOT calculated in student GPA. WP appears on transcript in place of grade. b) WF = (Withdrawn Failing) WILL BE counted in the GPA calculation. WF will appear on transcript. 3) Year-long courses may not be dropped after the third nine-weeks' interim report. Semester courses may not be dropped after completion of the first nine weeks' grading period of either semester. Advance College Academy (ACA) The ACA programs located at J. R. Tucker and Highland Springs High School provide students the opportunity to earn an associate s degree from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College (JSR) while also earning an advanced studies high school diploma. A student successfully completing the ACA at Tucker High School will earn an associate s degree in social sciences and a student successfully completing the ACA at Highland Springs High School will earn an associate s degree in business administration. All 8 th grade students are eligible to apply to the ACA through the same application process that is used for specialty centers. Students who are selected will take mostly honors and AP level high school classes while also earning 60 credits from JSR at no cost to students and their parents. The 60 JSR credits are eligible for transfer to over 20 top colleges and universities in the state of Virginia. Advanced Placement Examinations Program The Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations Program is a service provided by College Board. High school students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses will take Advanced Placement College Board exams each May, and depending upon their scores, may be awarded college credit and/or advanced placement at *participating colleges and universities. Henrico expects students taking an AP course to sit for the AP exam. Although most students who take the AP examinations are enrolled in exit-level courses with an "AP" designation, any highly motivated student may elect to take an AP exam in the subject area of his/her choice. According to information provided by College Board, the student's "learning experience may take the form of an honors class, a strong regular course, a tutorial, or an independent study." Advanced Placement Examinations are administered in May of each year by the school's designated AP Coordinator.* In June the examinations are graded on a five-point scale: 5 = extremely well-qualified; 4 = wellqualified; 3 = qualified; 2 = possibly qualified; and 1 = no recommendation. In July the scores are sent to the students, their designated colleges, and their home schools. **Colleges which participate in the Advanced Placement Examinations Program will then consider full or partial credit for scores of three or better. 18 Section II - General Information

19 For additional information on the Advanced Placement Examinations Program, students should see their school counselors or the school's AP Coordinator. Information concerning financial assistance for exam fees (for those who qualify) is available from their school counselor. *The College Board requires an $89.00 fee for each AP examination which must be paid by the student. **Students should refer to the catalogue from each college or university for information concerning the institution's AP policies. Apprenticeship The student apprenticeship program blends school and work-site experiences that integrate high-level academics, structured technical training, and paid on-the-job experience in a wide variety of occupations. The student apprenticeship program connects the student 16 years of age or older and in the 11th or 12th grade with business and industry to begin career training before high school graduation. Additional information is available from the school counseling department. College Credit Students must complete the Non HCPS Course Request Form and submit it to their principal for approval in order to take college-level courses at local colleges and universities. Courses will only be added to the students' HCPS transcript if they are replacing a course that is required for graduation. To earn the verified credits, students must pass the course and the corresponding SOL end-of-course tests. They should see their school counselor for specific course and graduation requirements. Also, students must meet the admissions' requirements set forth by the university and pay the full cost for the college course taken. Community Service Learning Students in grades 9-12 may participate in voluntary assignments and activities to serve organizations as well as individuals in the community. Students who complete a minimum of 80 hours of community service during grades 9-12 will receive the Community Service Learning seal on their diploma and transcript notation. Interested students and parents may request a brochure from each school's community service contact person, a social studies teacher, or online at: Competency-Based Career and Technical Education (CBCTE) Competency-Based Career and Technical Education is a systematic approach to improve the teaching/learning process. Essential elements of a CBCTE program include tasks/competencies to be achieved, student performance objectives for each of the tasks/competencies, criterion-referenced measures for evaluating performance, and formal procedures for documentation with possible industry certification and/or state/national licensing. Comprehensive High Schools Henrico County high schools offer a rigorous academic core program as well as Career and Technical Education programs to prepare students for higher education and for the work force. Students have the option to pursue a Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma and to participate in the following academic core programs: Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate/Honors, College Prep, and Standard Academic Prep (See "Instructional Grouping" in this section). A Modified Standard Diploma is also available for students who entered the 9th grade prior to the academic year. All students may select electives in the fine arts, career and technical education, and general academic areas. Comprehensive School Health Programs The Comprehensive School Health Programs include health and physical education, student health services, school counseling, family life education, life skills instruction, and related services. Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)/Class Rank u Students who successfully complete high school courses prior to promotion from middle school earn high school credit toward graduation; however, grades earned in these courses are not counted as part of the high school cumulative grade-point average (GPA). After promotion from the eighth grade, rising ninth graders who take high school courses in summer school earn credits toward graduation, and their grades are included in the GPA calculation. Section II - General Information 19

20 u Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) - A four-point system, based on quality of achievement, is used in computing GPA and class rank for each student. NOTE: NCAA and/or academic scholarships have specific grade point average requirements. See your school counselor and/or coach for details. Semester GPA Calculation Total Grade Points x each honors, IB, or AP credit Total Credits Attempted The following formula is used to calculate the cumulative GPA. Cumulative GPA Calculation Total Grade Points x each honors, IB, or AP credit Total Credits Attempted number of years Use the following definitions to figure the above calculations: Points per Grade Unit = A+ 4 C 2 A 4 C- 1.7 A- 3.7 D+ 1.3 B+ 3.3 D 1 B 3 F 0 B- 2.7 WF 0 C+ 2.3 WP Not counted in calculation Definitions as reflected on the transcript: Total Grade Points = the sum of (number of credits earned x Points per Grade Unit) Total Credits Attempted = total credit of courses taken whether passed or failed NOTE: Dropping a course may affect your GPA. 1) Any year-long courses dropped on or before the end of the first nine-weeks' grading period will not appear on the high school transcript. Any semester courses dropped on or before the first interim report for that semester will not appear on the high school transcript. 2) Any courses dropped after the first nine-weeks' grading period OR after the first interim report for semester courses will result in one of the following: a) WP = (Withdrawn Passing) NOT calculated in student GPA. WP appears on transcript in place of grade. b) WF = (Withdrawn Failing) WILL BE counted in the GPA calculation. WF will appear on transcript. 3) Year-long courses may not be dropped after the third nine-weeks' interim report. Semester courses may not be dropped after completion of the first nine-weeks' grading period of either semester. Call your school counselor if you have questions regarding GPA calculations. u Class Rank Students are ranked numerically, in ascending order, according to GPA at the end of the junior year and at the end of first semester of the senior year. Class rank is computed into a percentile with 0% being the highest and 100% being the lowest. NOTE: Only students earning verified credit are included in class rank. 20 Section II - General Information

21 Diploma Seals Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia contain provisions for awards for exemplary performance for students who meet the requirements for graduation. Students who demonstrate academic excellence may be eligible for one or more of the following awards: 1. The Governor's Seal shall be awarded to students who complete the requirements for an Advanced Studies Diploma with an average grade of "B" or better and successfully complete college-level coursework that will earn the student at least nine transferable college credits in Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge, or dual enrollment courses. 2. The Board of Education Seal shall be awarded to students who complete the requirements for a Standard Diploma or Advanced Studies Diploma with an average grade of "A". 3. The Board of Education Career and Technical Education Seal will be awarded to students who earn a Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma and complete a prescribed sequence of courses in a career and technical education concentration or specialization that they choose and maintain a "B" or better average in those courses; or (i) pass an examination or an occupational competency assessment in a career and technical education concentration or specialization that confers certification or occupational competency credential from a recognized industry, trade or professional association or (ii) acquire a professional license in that career and technical education field from the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Board of Education shall approve all professional licenses and examinations used to satisfy these requirements. Please view the following Web link for additional information: 4. The Board of Education Seal of Advanced Mathematics and Technology will be awarded to students who earn either a Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma and (i) satisfy all of the mathematics requirements for the Advanced Studies Diploma (four units of credit including Algebra II; two verified units of credit) with a "B" average or better; and (ii) either (a) pass an examination in a career and technical education field that confers certification from a recognized industry, or trade or professional association; (b) acquire a professional license in a career and technical education field from the Commonwealth of Virginia; or (c) pass an examination approved by the Board that confers college-level credit in a technology or computer science area. The Board of Education shall approve all professional licenses and examinations used to satisfy these requirements. Please view the following Web link for additional information: 5. The Board of Education Seal for Excellence in Civics Education will be awarded to students who earn either a Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma and: (i) complete Virginia and United States History and Virginia and United States Government courses with a grade of "B" or higher; and, (ii) have good attendance and no disciplinary infractions as determined by local school board policies and, (iii) complete 50 hours of voluntary participation in community service or extracurricular activities. Activities that would satisfy the requirements of clause (iii) of this subdivision include: (a) volunteering for a charitable or religious organization that provides services to the poor, sick or less fortunate; (b) participating in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, or similar youth organizations; (c) participating in JROTC; (d) participating in political campaigns or government internships, or Boys State, Girls State, or Model General Assembly; or (e) participating in school-sponsored extracurricular activities that have a civics focus. Any student who enlists in the United States military prior to graduation will be deemed to have met this community service requirement. 6. Students may receive other seals or awards for exceptional academic, career and technical, citizenship, or other exemplary performance in accordance with criteria defined by the local school board. Section II - General Information 21

22 Dual Enrollment Dual enrollment is a plan that allows high school juniors and seniors (with some exceptions) to meet the requirements for high school graduation while simultaneously earning *college credit. Most dual-enrollment students are served by the division-wide plan with J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, ECPI University, and John Tyler Community College. Students participating in the High Tech Academy at Highland Springs Technical Center receive dual credits from Virginia Commonwealth University. In order to participate in dual enrollment courses, students are recommended by their high school principal or school counselor and have permission from their parents. Students must meet course prerequisites and may have to take and pass a college-readiness placement test. More information may be acquired from the school counseling office. Course offerings have been designed to meet the needs of students in planning their program of study. Decisions depend on student enrollment, availability of faculty, facilities, and financial resources. In the event that a course cannot be offered, the student may, however, have the option to take a concurrent course at the college location. Dual enrollment course offerings are subject to agreement between Henrico County and the respective colleges. Note: Most dual enrollment courses are not awarded weighted credit; students should carefully read each course description. *Students should consult college catalogues about the transfer of college credit between colleges and universities as policies may vary. Eligibility for Activities u Middle School Eligibility To be eligible for athletics, a student must maintain a 2.0 minimum grade point average and pass English, mathematics, science, social studies, and one additional course. Eligibility for fall sports requires that students pass five courses (referenced above) the preceding year; winter sport participants must have passed the five courses at the end of the previous year and at the end of the first semester of the current year if the season goes into second semester; spring sport participants must have passed the five courses at the end of the first semester of the current year. Before practicing, trying out, or becoming a member of any athletic team, the student must submit to the principal an accurate Middle School Athletic Participation/Parental Consent/Physical Examination Form that is completely filled in and properly signed. u High School Eligibility To be eligible to participate in interscholastic athletics, a student must maintain a 2.0 minimum grade point average. For athletics and any other performance-related activities sponsored by the Virginia High School League, the student must meet the following requirements: u u u u u u u u Must be a bona fide student in good standing of the school represented. Must have been promoted to the ninth grade (eighth-grade students may be eligible for junior varsity competition in sports not offered at the middle school level). Must have enrolled no later than the fifteenth day of the current semester. Must have passed at least five credit courses the preceding year and must be currently taking not fewer than five credit courses for participation during the first semester. Must have passed at least five credit courses the previous semester and must be currently taking no fewer than five credit courses for participation during the second semester. Must not have reached his or her nineteenth birthday on or before the first of August of the current school year. Must not, after entering the ninth grade for the first time, have been enrolled in or have been eligible for enrollment in high school more than eight consecutive semesters. Must submit to the principal before practicing, trying out, or becoming a member of any school athletic team, a High School Athletic Participation/Parental Consent/Physical Examination Form, completely filled in and properly signed. The form attests that the student has been examined after May 1 of the previous school year and found to be physically fit for athletic competition and that his or her parents consent to participation. 22 Section II - General Information

23 Eligibility to participate in interscholastic athletics is a privilege earned by meeting not only the above listed minimum standards, but also all other standards set by the Virginia High School League, district, and school. Students or parents who have questions regarding eligibility or who are in doubt about the effect an activity might have on eligibility should check with the principal or director of student activities. English as a Second Language (ESL) ESL is provided to all students who are designated as limited English proficient (LEP) at proficiency levels 1-5 in grades K-12 at all schools. A full-day program is offered as part of the Academy at Virginia Randolph for high school English learners (ELs) who have limited schooling, limited literacy in their native language, and limited proficiency in English. Half-day zone center programs for Level 1 middle school students are offered at Brookland Middle School and Byrd Middle School. Half-day zone center programs for Level 1 and Level 2 ELs from Deep Run High School, Glen Allen High School and Godwin High School are offered at Highland Springs High School and Hermitage High School. Examinations An examination, 100 minutes in length, is given at the end of each semester in all high school equivalent courses. For a semester course the examination score counts 20% of the final grade; for a year-long course each semester's examination score counts 10% of the final grade. (See "Grading Scale" in this section.) Exceptional Education Exceptional education and related services are available for all students with identified disabilities that adversely affect their educational performance. This specially designed instruction is described in the student s individualized education plan (IEP) and is provided to the student in the least restrictive environment. Exceptional education services are available to all students found eligible through an evaluation/eligibility process, and who have an IEP. Students with disabilities may participate in all school activities. They may earn any type of diploma based on completion of curriculum and assessment requirements and/or individualized plans. (Refer to "Graduation Requirements" in Section I.) The programs available at Virginia Randolph Education Center (VREC) serve students with significant behavior difficulties and/or significant physical and intellectual disabilities. Programs are provided according to individual student needs as designated in the student's IEP. Gifted and Advanced Learners The following middle and high school services are offered to gifted and other advanced learners: Grades 6-8 u Direct gifted services for identified students are provided by the Secondary Gifted Resource Teacher assigned to each middle school. Sixth grade gifted students are required to take a gifted enrichment seminar class. u u u Advanced sections in English provide students the opportunity to examine topics in greater depth and breadth. The grade-level curriculum is modified to include complex learning tasks, variations in pacing, and in-depth independent investigations. Acceleration allows students to take high school credit courses in world history, world language, earth science, mathematics (Algebra I, geometry), Art I, family and consumer sciences, technology education, and business and information technology. The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program at Fairfield, Moody, and Tuckahoe Middle Schools contains a curriculum model that emphasizes the importance of a holistic view of knowledge, intercultural awareness, and communication. Note: For any high school credit-bearing course taken in middle school, parents may request that grades be omitted from the student's high school transcript. However, the passing SOL test will be posted on the student's test results record. The deadline for making such a request is June 30. The student will not earn course credit or verified credit for the course until the course is retaken and passed. Contact the student s middle school for procedures and more detailed information. Section II - General Information 23

24 Grades 9-12 u u u u u u u Direct gifted services for identified students are provided by the Secondary Gifted Resource Teacher assigned to each high school. Honors courses that provide advanced challenges in all core content areas. Advanced placement courses that provide the means for colleges to grant credit, placement, or both to students who have applied themselves successfully to introductory college level work. Specialty center programs that address a wide range of student interests. Maggie L. Walker Governor's School for Government & International Studies. (For further information, see "Maggie L. Walker Governor's School" in this section.) Dual enrollment courses. Note: Most of these courses do not carry weighted credit. (See "Dual Enrollment" in Section III.) International Baccalaureate courses that provide the means for colleges to grant credit, placement, or both. Grading Scale and Honor Roll The grading scale for Henrico County Public Schools is as follows: Grading Scale Letter Grade Percent Grade 4.0 Scale Letter Grade Percent Grade 4.0 Scale A C A C A C B D B D B F Below Henrico County teachers use an electronic grading system to calculate all grades. This system uses standard rounding procedures to determine marking period grades. Final grades for semester courses are averaged as Marking Period 1 (40%), Marking Period 2 (40%), and Final Exam (20%). Final grades for year-long courses are averaged as Marking Period 1 (20%), Marking Period 2 (20%), First Semester Exam (10%), Marking Period 3 (20%), Marking Period 4 (20%), and Final Exam (10%). NOTE: Exam exemptions will alter these percentages. The following formulas are used: Final Full Year course (non-exempt): (MP1*2)+ (MP2*2)+EX1 +(MP3*2)+ (MP4*2)+EX2 10 Final Full Year course (exempt): (MP1*2)+ (MP2*2)+EX1 +(MP3*2)+ (MP4*2) 9 Second Semester course (non-exempt): (MP3*4)+ (MP4*4)+(EX2*2) 10 Second Semester course (exempt): (MP3*4)+ (MP4*4) 8 Guidelines for Honor Roll Honor Roll is calculated each marking period and each semester as well as for final and cumulative (MP1-MP3) grades. Specific criteria for students' gaining honor roll status include (but are not limited to) the following: Students must be taking four academic subjects. Students may not have a D or an F in any marking period, semester, final, or cumulative grade. (Students may have any grade on exams.) Students with an "I" or an "N" in a course will be flagged for consideration at the school level. 24 Section II - General Information

25 Students' non home-school courses will be considered in all calculations. Students receiving U, WP, and WF will be excluded from Honor Roll. Letter grades of S (Satisfactory) or P (Pass) are not considered in Honor Roll calculations. NOTE: Honor Roll and GPA are calculated differently. Please see your school counselor for honor roll calculation information. Homebound Instruction Homebound instruction is provided as a temporary instructional service by teachers assigned by Henrico County Public Schools when a medical determination is made that a student is unable to attend classes for an extended period of time. A professional s (M.D., psychiatrist, clinical psychologist) written recommendation and treatment plan are necessary. Requests for homebound instruction should be made to the school counselor. A Certification for Need for Homebound Instruction form is available through your school's counseling department. Home-based services authorized through an Individualized Education Program Team serve as a short-term transitional placement until an appropriate long-term placement can be arranged. Instructional Grouping Students are often grouped for instruction in core academic middle and high school courses, specialty center courses, and some elective courses. Grouping is based on a student's motivation, post-secondary and career goals, prior academic performance, standardized test scores, and recommendations from teachers, parents, and counselors. Most high schools offer the following levels of grouping: u College Preparatory and Standard Academic Rigorous implementation of the Standards of Learning to assure high performance on SOL end-ofcourse tests (Refer to Standards of Learning (SOL), End-of-Course Tests, Verified Credits, and Substitute Assessments in this section.) College preparatory curriculum designed for students who plan to pursue higher education in the liberal arts, in the fine and performing arts, in mathematics and science Career preparation emphasizing high performance standards required for successful pursuit of higher education and/or gainful employment (See Career Clusters in Section III.) Independent reading, writing, and short-range and long-range projects required outside of class Emphasis on critical thinking, stressing comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation Technical and business-world application of subject matter u Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate/Honors Rigorous coursework designed to challenge the highly motivated and academically gifted/advanced student Independent reading, writing, and long-range projects required outside of class Emphasis on critical thinking skills, stressing higher order analysis, synthesis, and evaluation Preparation for four-year college/university and Advanced Placement and IB Examinations in exit-level courses (See "Advanced Placement Examinations Program" and "IB Diploma Program" in this section.) Development of career awareness through appropriate connections between subject matter and a variety of career options Note: Advanced Placement, IB Diploma and Honors course numbers will be accompanied by the letter A, Y, Z, or IB on the student request form, report card, and transcript, indicating that a weighted credit is awarded. The letter X indicates a Specialty Center course and XA indicates a Specialty Center Honors course. International Baccalaureate Diploma Program High school students enrolled in an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program will complete mandatory internal assessment in their IB course work and sit for corresponding International Baccalaureate examinations in May of each year. Students can receive a score of 1 (poor or elementary) to 7 (excellent) for each subject studied. Universities and colleges typically expect individual Higher Level (HL) subject scores to be a minimum of 4 (satisfactory) or sometimes 5 (good) for credit considerations. See the IB Diploma recognition policy at the university website to determine course credit. Also consult the university or college website to determine second year enrollment status and scholarship availability for those students earning the IB Diploma. Section II - General Information 25

26 Maggie L. Walker Governor's School for Government and International Studies This regional high school offers an advanced college preparatory curriculum emphasizing government, international studies, world languages, science, mathematics, and fine arts as well as opportunities for international learning experiences. Eighth-grade students residing in Henrico County are selected on a competitive basis through an application process beginning mid-october through mid-march. Students are eligible to apply if they meet the following criteria: reside in Henrico County, Virginia. be enrolled in or have completed a World Language and successfully pass/passed the course for high school credit. be enrolled in Algebra I or a higher-level math course during the eighth grade year and successfully pass the course for high school credit. have a B average according to Henrico County's grading scale for the four core subjects at the end of the 7th grade year. Students who do not have a B average, but would like to be considered as an applicant due to special circumstances, must provide a letter of explanation to the Educational Specialist for Gifted Education Programs, Henrico County Public Schools. To ensure regional representation at each public middle school, HCPS internal selection process has two phases. For phase one, HCPS will establish an applicant pool based on the composite score* from the MLWGS regional application evaluation process. HCPS will offer admission to the top-qualifying applicant from each public middle school that meets the regional established cut-off score in that pool. During phase two, the remaining slots will be offered to all applicants by numerical rank on the MLWGS composite score from highest to lowest. Applicants participating in a special program such as the IB Program or out of zone program will be considered with the public middle school they attend in eighth grade. All home-school or private school applicants will be considered in phase two of the selection process. Admission handbooks and applications will be available beginning the middle of October with an application deadline in early December. Eighth-grade students enrolled in Henrico County Public Schools may obtain an application from their middle school counselor. Eighth-grade students residing in Henrico County and not enrolled in public schools should contact the Educational Specialist, Gifted Education Programs, Henrico County Public Schools, (804) For additional information, visit the Governor's School website at Military Science/JROTC Military Science/JROTC is offered at six of the county's high schools. Marine Corps JROTC is offered at Hermitage, Highland Springs, and J. R. Tucker. Naval JROTC is offered at Henrico and Varina, and Air Force JROTC is offered at Deep Run. (See Section V, Course Descriptions.) NCAA Eligibility Center for College-Bound Athletes Students who plan to participate as college freshmen in Division I or II athletic programs must register and be certified by the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Eligibility Center. Please go to for the most up-to-date information regarding registering online and paying fees. Students should specifically review core course requirements, SAT/ACT requirements, recruiting rules and amateur status. There are specific GPA/ SAT/ACT requirements for scholarships. See your school counselor for more information. Checklist for College-Bound Student Athletes: Complete the registration process with the NCAA Eligibility Center at the beginning of your junior year at Ask your school counselor to send your transcript to the Eligibility Center at the end of your junior year. Take the ACT or SAT and use code 9999 to have scores sent directly to Eligibility Center. Request final amateurism certification during your senior year. Ask your high school counselor to submit your final transcript with proof of graduation. 26 Section II - General Information

27 Nontraditional Programs Henrico County Public Schools offers a variety of nontraditional programs to meet the needs of all students. The following programs provide students with choices in their educational program to be prepared for life in the 21 st century. Note: The HCPS Code of Student Conduct applies to all students participating in any nontraditional program. Academy at Virginia Randolph The Academy at Virginia Randolph is open to all high school students who want or need an alternate approach to education. In a compassionate atmosphere fostered by a competent and concerned staff, students are encouraged to develop their talents and skills needed to meet the demands of the 21 st century. Assisted by school counselors and instructors, students design their own programs of study to meet their needs and to serve as a foundation for their chosen career. The staff works closely with students and their families to pursue the students educational and occupational career goals. School, family, and community involvement are all elements of the program. Students interested in enrolling at the Academy must complete an application signed by a parent and have school counselors supply the required student information. Once the application has been received, applicants will be notified of a required student and parent information session. Additionally, the prospective student and a parent must meet with the vocational instructor to develop a career plan. Acceptance to the Academy is based on space availability. All students attending AVR will be working toward a standard or advanced high school diploma. Students may also choose to work toward a career and technical education certificate in addition to their high school diploma. Center for Diversified Studies The Center for Diversified Studies, located at the Academy at Virginia Randolph, provides personalized programs for students who want to complete their high school education and who, for various reasons, are unable to complete the last few courses required for graduation at their home high school. Options for courses range from college level to career and technical certificate classes. This nontraditional, flexible educational structure may lead to one of the diploma options described in Section I. The Center s ultimate goal is to coordinate classes for students in order to help them obtain required credits for graduation. A personalized plan based on each student s educational and career goals will be implemented to identify where the student will be taking classes. Communities in Schools Performance Learning Center Program The PLC program is designed for students who have struggled in the traditional high school setting, but still have a desire to get their diploma. The PLC program, which is located at 2915 Williamsburg Road, will structure a student s learning to meet individual needs in a much smaller school setting. The individualization of the program allows for most students to complete the program within 18 months or less while earning a standard or advanced studies high school diploma. Creative Student Involvement Middle school students who have ongoing disciplinary concerns at identified middle schools will be provided with a behavior intervention teacher. The teacher will serve as a mentor and coach to the student on a daily basis to help assure student success. Students will be placed in the program to provide additional, one-on-one support to help students succeed socially and academically in the comprehensive middle school. Evening School of Excellence The Evening School of Excellence serves high school students who have experienced academic difficulties and/ or personal challenges, and are at-risk of not graduating on time. Designed to help students get back on track, the program provides an opportunity for students to complete coursework and recover credits needed for graduation through evening classes offered at two sites, Highland Springs High School and the Academy at Virginia Randolph. The instructional program addresses the learning styles of students through smaller classes, more individualized attention, and differentiated teaching strategies. Students are referred through their home school administrator and/or school counselor. Please note there is an additional fee to take Evening School of Excellence courses. Individual Student Alternative Education Plan (ISAEP) Program Serves eligible students who are at least 16.5 years old. Targets students with strong academic skills who have not been successful in a traditional school setting. Provides instruction for the GED (General Educational Development) Certificate. Provides career counseling and occupational skills training through participation in work-based learning and exploration of post-secondary opportunities. Section II - General Information 27

28 Online Credit Recovery High school students who are behind in credits or those who need an alternative option within the comprehensive school will be given an opportunity to take courses online. Online courses are monitored by a licensed teacher and are taken along with regularly scheduled classes at the comprehensive school. Online courses can often be accelerated because the instruction and assignments are accessible to students 24/7. Program for Academic and Career Empowerment at Virginia Randolph (PACE) PACE is a nontraditional program that serves overage middle school students. The program is designed to remediate students and allow them to experience success with their peer group in high school the following school year. This unique program provides students with small class sizes, an individualized learning plan, faculty mentorship, blended online curriculum, and project-based learning steeped in collaboration, problem solving, critical thinking, and innovation. Students also explore a wide variety of careers as they earn up to three high school elective credits. Seventh and eighth grade students who are one or more years overage are eligible for the program. All overage students will be reviewed and recommended to the program by their comprehensive middle school. Overage students will be enrolled in PACE with the intent of them returning to the comprehensive high school or the Academy at Virginia Randolph with three to five high school credits the following year. Number of Periods Per Day All students shall maintain a full-day schedule of classes unless (1) the student is enrolled in a cooperative work/ apprenticeship program or (2) the Superintendent of Schools or his designee grants the student a waiver. Online Classes Henrico County currently offers English 12, English 12 Honors, Earth Science, Geometry, U.S. History, U.S. History Honors, Government, Health/PE, and Personal Finance/Economics courses online at various times throughout the year. High school students should consult with their school counselor to determine when the online classes are offered and if it is an appropriate course for their diploma program. Promotion Policies Middle School To qualify for promotion between middle school grades, or from middle school to high school, students must earn a passing final grade in the four core subject areas of English, mathematics, science and social studies. Students who fail one or more core subjects are retained and recommended to attend summer school to retake the failed courses. If the student does not attend summer school, he/she will be retained. High School Satisfactory completion of courses which meet graduation requirements determines promotion or retention on a course-by-course basis. The requirements for classification of a student at specific grade levels are indicated below: 10th Grade - A student must have earned a minimum of 5 credits, 3 of which must be from the disciplines of English, social studies, mathematics, science, or physical education. 11th Grade - A student must have earned a minimum of 10 credits, 6 of which must be from the disciplines of English, social studies, mathematics, science, or physical education. 12th Grade - A student must have earned 15 credits, 10 of which must be from the disciplines of English, social studies, mathematics, science, or physical education. High school students must have passed the previous required level of English before being permitted to take the next required level of English; i.e., they may not be enrolled in English 11 and English 12 in the same school year. Students may take an additional English credit during the Evening School of Excellence Credit Program, dual enrollment offering, and summer school. Exceptions to "doubling" may be made by the high school principal on a case-by-case basis. Students must complete a practical (Career and Technical Education) or fine arts credit prior to graduation. Recommendations for exceptions to the requirements regarding high school may be made by the high school principal to the Director of Secondary Education for a decision on a case-by-case basis. 28 Section II - General Information

29 School Counseling School counseling is a planned, sequential program of services designed to aid children in mastering the academic, personal/social, and career tasks which are essential to the development of academic, technical, and life skills. The primary task of the school counselor is to assist students and their parents in identifying the appropriate pathways that will provide a positive academic, social, and career direction. School/Parent Communication on Student Progress The school year is divided into quarters of nine weeks each; every student receives a report card following each quarter. Parents are encouraged to participate in HCPSLink where they can check student progress weekly; however, interim reports are sent home in the middle of each quarter to parents who do not use this program. In addition, parents have opportunities for parent/teacher dialogue through conferences and telephone and/or contacts. Appointments are recommended for conferences. Sequential Electives - Standard Diploma In order to obtain a 22-credit Standard Diploma, students must take two electives that are sequential (coursework that builds similar skills as defined by the Virginia Department of Education). A course may satisfy the requirement for fine arts or Career and Technical Education and still meet the requirement for sequential electives. Ex. Art I followed by Art II counts as both the sequential electives and the fine arts or Career and Technical Education requirement. Specialty Centers Specialty Centers, located in each Henrico County comprehensive high school and three middle schools, offer unique choices for HCPS students who have specific educational and/or career goals. These centers provide opportunities for students to concentrate on specialized interests while completing a rigorous college-preparatory program. In addition to an informational booklet given to all 8th graders who are enrolled in HCPS, Zone Meetings and Open Houses during the first semester provide in-depth information about Center curriculum and the application process. Students must apply to Centers in December of their 8th grade year+ and may use the application available online at Students who are accepted and choose to attend a Specialty Center will become full-time students at the high school which houses the Center; however, students who withdraw from a Specialty Center prior to their junior year will return to their home school to complete their remaining high school years. HCPS provides transportation to all Centers. + For IBMYP, students must apply during their 5th grade year. Standards of Learning (SOL), End-of-Course Tests, Verified Credits, and Substitute Assessments The State of Virginia has established a set of K-12 subject-area Standards of Learning (SOL) with corresponding grade level and end-of-course SOL tests. These SOLs are incorporated in the Secondary pacing guides found on the Henrico County Public Schools website. All middle and high school students enrolled in applicable high school credit-bearing courses are required to take corresponding end-of-course tests or substitute tests. Note: For any high school credit-bearing course taken in middle school, parents may request that grades be omitted from the student's high school transcript. However, the passing SOL test will be posted on the student's test results record. The deadline for making such a request is June 30. The student will not earn course credit or verified credit for the course until the course is retaken and passed. Contact the student s middle school for procedures and more detailed information. Remediation opportunities (before, after, during school and summer school) will be provided in certain subject areas for students failing one or more of the Standards of Learning tests (SOL tests). Students and parents should check with principals in selecting appropriate programs. Section II - General Information 29

30 Students who pass the course and achieve a passing score on an end-of-course test are awarded a verified unit of credit in that course. A verified credit is defined as 140 clock hours of instruction, successful completion of the course requirements, and the achievement of a passing score on the SOL test for that course or on a substitute assessment. (See "Substitute Assessments" in this section.) The State has established the number of standard credits and verified credits required for the Standard Diploma and for the Advanced Studies Diploma (See "Graduation Requirements" in Section I.): Students seeking a Standard Diploma must pass 6 end-of-course tests: 2 English plus 1 mathematics, 1 science, 1 social studies/history, and 1 of student's choice. Students seeking an Advanced Studies Diploma must pass 9 end-of-course tests: 2 English, 2 mathematics, 2 science, 2 social studies/history, and 1 of the student's choice. Verified credits may be earned in each of the following core content areas: ENGLISH For the 22-Credit Standard Diploma, the 24-Credit Advanced Studies Diploma, and the 26-Credit Advanced Studies Diploma, Virginia graduation requirements specify four (4) course credits with two (2) verified credits earned by passing the following SOL English end-of-program tests. 3 SOL English end-of-course test, EOC Writing (covers grades 9-10 content; 2 parts, 1 verified credit) will be administered to all English tenth-grade students enrolled in the following courses: English 10 (#1140) IBMYP English, Level Five (#IB1140) 3 SOL English end-of-course test, EOC Reading (covers grades 9-11 content; 1 verified credit) will be administered to all English eleventh-grade students enrolled in the following courses: English 11 (#1150) AP English 11 Language & Composition (#1196) IBDP English HL (#IB1150) MATHEMATICS Virginia graduation requirements for the 22-Credit Standard Diploma specify three (3) course credits with one (1) verified credit; for the 24-Credit Advanced Studies Diploma and the 26-Credit Advanced Studies Diploma, four (4) course credits with two (2) verified credits are required. 3 SOL Algebra I end-of-course test will be administered in the following classes: Algebra I (#3130) Algebra I - 2 year Sequence Pt. 2 (#3132)* IBMYP Algebra I (#IB3130) 3 SOL Geometry end-of-course test will be administered in the following classes: IBMYP Geometry (#IB3143) Engineering Mathematics I (#3343) PSC Geometry (#3143) Mathematical Investigations I (#3243) Geometry - 2 year Sequence Pt. 2 (#3145)* 3 SOL Algebra II end-of-course test will be administered in the following classes: Algebra II (#3135) Mathematical Investigations II (#3233) IBMYP Algebra II (#IB3135) Engineering Mathematics II (#3333) *Exceptional Education only 30 Section II - General Information

31 SCIENCE Virginia graduation requirements for the 22-Credit Standard Diploma specify three (3) laboratory science credits (from at least two (2) different science disciplines) with one (1) verified credit; for the 24-Credit Advanced Studies Diploma and the 26-Credit Advanced Studies Diploma, four (4) laboratory science credits (from at least three (3) different science disciplines) and two (2) verified credits are required. 3 SOL Earth Science end-of-course test will be administered to students enrolled in the following courses: Earth Science (#4210) AP Environmental Science (#4270) Earth Science I - Part 2 (4201)** 3 SOL Biology end-of-course test will be administered to students enrolled in the following courses: Biology I (#4310) AP Biology (#4370)* IBMYP Biology (#IB4310) AP Biology - Research Based (#4341)* Biology II - Advanced Survey of Biology I - 2 year Sequence Pt. 2 (#4301)** Biology Topics (#4320)* 3 SOL Chemistry end-of-course test will be administered to students enrolled in the following courses: Chemistry I (#4410) IBMYP Chemistry (#IB4410) AP Chemistry (#4470)* *Students would only sit for the SOL test if they had not taken or passed it with the first-year course. **Exceptional Education only SOCIAL STUDIES Virginia graduation requirements for the 22-Credit Standard Diploma specify three (3) course credits with one (1) verified credit; for the 24-Credit Advanced Studies Diploma and the 26-Credit Advanced Studies Diploma, four (4) course credits with two (2) verified credits are required. 3 SOL World History I end-of-course test will be administered to students enrolled in the following courses: World History & Geography I (#2215) IBMYP World History & Geography I, Level Three (#IB2215) 3 SOL World History II end-of-course test will be administered to students enrolled in the following courses: World History & Geography II (#2216) IBMYP World History & Geography II Level Four (#IB2216) Immersion World History & Geography II (#2216) 3 SOL Virginia and United States History end-of-course test will be administered to students enrolled in the following courses: Virginia and United States History (#2360) IBDP History of the Americas HL (#IB2360) AP Virginia and United States History (#2319) Virginia and United States History - 2 year Sequence Pt. 2 (#2362)* *Exceptional Education only SUBSTITUTE ASSESSMENTS (FOR SOL TESTS) Assessments which substitute for SOL tests and enable students to earn verified credit must meet the following minimum criteria: 1. The substitute test must be standardized and graded independently of the school or school division in which the test is given; 2. The substitute test must be knowledge-based; 3. The substitute test must be administered on a multistate or international basis; 4. To be counted in a specific academic area, the substitute test must measure content that incorporates or exceeds the SOL content in the course for which verified credit is given; and 5. The grade or cut score will be pre-determined for approved substitute tests. Section II - General Information 31

32 The State Board of Education, using the criteria above, has approved various tests which may substitute for certain SOL tests. See the DOE website (www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/substitute_tests/index.shtml) for current listings and minimum acceptable scores. Student Activities Students are encouraged to explore interests and to participate in student activities that tend to promote and build self-esteem, character, and leadership qualities. Numerous opportunities available for students to excel in activities beyond the classroom include the following: u athletics u co-curricular organizations u service clubs u performing groups u honorary societies u publications u intramural activities u community service u interest clubs u academic competitions For additional information check the school's website. Summer Programs Henrico County Public Schools offers a variety of programs every summer. Tuition is required for most courses. Academic and enrichment programs are offered at most of the middle schools. Career awareness programs for middle school students are also offered at both technical centers. A comprehensive summer school program either on-site or online is offered to all high school students. Remediation opportunities are provided for students failing one or more of the Standards of Learning tests (SOL tests) as well as for students referred by teachers. All schools have the appropriate forms and information for registration and enrollment of students. Information concerning possible financial assistance is available through each school's principal. Testing Program: An overview of division-wide standardized tests and local assessments Testing is an essential part of a student s education. With test results, students, parents, teachers, and administrators can determine not only the student s strengths but also the school s curricular strengths. State-mandated test scores are a part of the student s school record. The following standardized tests may be administered to middle and high school students through the Department of Research and Planning: Grade Test Dates 6-8 NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) - MAP (Measure of Academic Fall, Winter (optional), Spring Progress) assessment given to students in grades 6-8 in Reading and Math Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) Tests (Refer to Spring "Standards of Learning and End-of Course Tests.") Summer, Fall (for certain students) 6-12 Access/WIDA Test (LEP students only) Spring PSAT/NMSQT (see following paragraph) Fall Unique to Henrico County Public Schools is the opportunity for all 10th grade students to take, free of charge, the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT)/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) given in October. The official PSAT/NMSQT taken during the fall of the junior year is a requirement for eligibility for some scholarships. (A fee is required.) Henrico County Public Schools also administers the following local assessments/simulation assessments correlated to the Standards of Learning in the core content areas: Grade Content Areas Dates 8 & 10 English (writing) Fall 6-7 Science Spring Also available to students is the opportunity to learn more about themselves through other tests/surveys. 32 Section II - General Information

33 SECTION III Career and Technical Education (CTE) Career Clusters Descriptions and Course Offerings for Each Cluster and CTE Industry Credential Information Technical Center Programs: An Overview of Offerings High Tech Academy

34 Career & Technical Education (CTE) Career Cluster Descriptions The production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing, and development of agricultural commodities and resources including food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and animal products/resources. Careers in designing, planning, managing, building and maintaining the built environment. Designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing, and publishing multimedia content including visual and performing arts and design, journalism, and entertainment services. Business Management and Administration careers encompass planning, organizing, directing and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations. Business Management and Administration career opportunities are available in every sector of the economy. Planning, managing and providing education and training services, and related learning support services. Planning, services for financial and investment planning, banking, insurance, and business financial management. Executing governmental functions to include Governance; National Security; Foreign Service; Planning; Revenue and Taxation; Regulation; and Management and Administration at the local, state, and federal levels. Planning, managing, and providing therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development. Hospitality & Tourism encompasses the management, marketing and operations of restaurants and other foodservices, lodging, attractions, recreation events and travel related services. Preparing individuals for employment in career pathways that relate to families and human needs. Building Linkages in IT Occupations Framework: For Entry Level, Technical, and Professional Careers Related to the Design, Development, Support and Management of Hardware, Software, Multimedia, and Systems Integration Services. Planning, managing, and providing legal, public safety, protective services and homeland security, including professional and technical support services. Planning, managing and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance and manufacturing/process engineering. Planning, managing, and performing marketing activities to reach organizational objectives. Planning, managing, and providing scientific research and professional and technical services (e.g., physical science, social science, engineering) including laboratory and testing services, and research and development services. Planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail and water and related professional and technical support services such as transportation infrastructure planning and management, logistics services, mobile equipment and facility maintenance. The Career Clusters icons are being used with permission of the: States Career Clusters Initiative, 2009, 34 Section III Career Clusters

35 Career & Technical Education Course Offerings CTE Industry Credentials may be available. A credential is defined as an industry certification, a state license and/or a national occupational competency assessment. AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION Detailed course descriptions can be found on page 70 in Section V of the Planning Guide. Greenhouse Management EDUCATION for EMPLOYMENT (EFE) Detailed course descriptions can be found on page 96 in Section V of the Planning Guide. Introduction to Education for Employment Education for Employment I and II Work Experience Cooperative Education Program BUSINESS and INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Detailed course descriptions can be found on pages in Section V of the Planning Guide. Accounting Accounting II Advanced Database Design and Management (Oracle) Advanced Microsoft IT Academy (Honors) Advanced Web Development/Advanced Programming Business Law Business Management Career Interpretation Computer Applications Database Design and Management (Oracle) Desktop/Multimedia Presentations Digital Input Technologies Discovering Computers Economics & Personal Finance Exploring Business Computers Information Technology (IT) Fundamentals Legal Systems Administration Make It Your Business Medical Systems Administration Microsoft IT Academy Office Administration Principles of Business and Marketing Programming (Honors) 21st Century Computer Skills Web Development/Programming Word Processing FAMILY and CONSUMER SCIENCES Detailed course descriptions can be found on pages in Section V of the Planning Guide. Child Development and Parenting Creative Fashion (Intro to Fashion Careers) Culinary Arts I and II Early Childhood Education and Services I and II Foods and Wellness Independent Living Introduction to Culinary Arts Introduction to Housing, Home Furnishings, and Design Introduction to Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow, Grade 8 or 9 Life Planning Relationships (Family Relations) Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow I and II Teen Living 6 & 7 (FACS Exploratory I and II) HEALTH and MEDICAL SCIENCES Detailed course descriptions can be found on page 82 in Section V of the Planning Guide. Emergency Medical Technician Nurse Aide Pharmacy Technician Practical Nursing I & II Practical Nursing III Sports Medicine Veterinary Science I & II Section III Career Clusters 35

36 MARKETING Detailed course descriptions can be found on pages in Section V of the Planning Guide. Advanced Global Marketing and Commerce Advanced Hotel and Catering Entrepreneurship Fashion Marketing Fashion Marketing II Internet Marketing Introduction to Marketing Marketing Marketing II Marketing Management Principles of Marketing and Business Sports, Entertainment, and Recreation Marketing Sports, Entertainment, and Recreation Marketing II Travel and Tourism MILITARY SCIENCE Detailed course descriptions can be found on page 86 in Section V of the Planning Guide. Air Force JROTC Marine Corps JROTC Naval Corps JROTC TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION Detailed course descriptions can be found on pages in Section V of the Planning Guide. Advanced Drafting and Design Advanced Photography (Imaging Technology) Architectural Drawing/Design/CAD Career and Technical Occupational Exploration Communications Systems Construction Technology Digital Visualization Drafting and Design Electronic Systems I and II Energy and Power Engineering Drawing/Design/CAD Engineering Explorations I Engineering Studies (Honors) Geospatial Technology Introduction to Photography (Semester Imaging Technology) Introduction to Technology Inventions and Innovations Manufacturing Systems I and II Materials and Processes Technology with Metals Materials and Processes Technology with Woods Production Systems with Metals Production Systems with Woods Technical Drawing/Design/CAD Technological Systems Technological Systems/Manufacturing Technology Foundations Technology Transfer Video and Media Technology CTE Industry Credentials may be available. A credential is defined as an industry certification, a state license and/or a national occupational competency assessment. 36 Section III Career Clusters

37 TRADE and INDUSTRIAL EDUCATION Detailed course descriptions can be found on pages in Section V of the Planning Guide. Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Plumbing I and II Auto Body Repair I and II Automotive Technology I and II Barbering I and II CAD-Computer-Aided Drafting/3D Animation I and II Carpentry I and II Computer Systems Technology I and II Cosmetology I and II Criminal Justice I and II Electricity and Cabling I and II Graphic Communications I and II Industrial Maintenance Repair/Welding I and II Masonry I and II Precision Machining Technology I and II Radio Broadcasting and Journalism I and II CTE Industry Credentials may be available. A credential is defined as an industry certification, a state license and/or a national occupational competency assessment. Section III Career Clusters 37

38 Career & Technical Education Two technical centers offer one-year and two-year courses in skill-based programs to all Henrico County high school juniors and seniors. The mission of these programs is to prepare students for job-entry skills and/or post-secondary education. Students planning to take a technical center program should be in a rigorous core curriculum cluster at their home high school to prepare for 3 credit technical courses during their junior/senior years. All technical center programs lead to licensure or certification upon successful completion. AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND NATURAL RESOURCES ARTS, A/V TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS Greenhouse Management (1 year, 3 credits) Grow annuals, perennials, vegetables and herbs in a garden center setting. Study horticulture therapy, techniques of floral design and wedding planning, plant propagation and transplanting. ARCHITECTURE AND CONSTRUCTION Air Conditioning/Refrigeration/Plumbing (2 years, 6 credits) Learn to install, troubleshoot, and service air conditioning, heating, plumbing, and refrigeration systems. Students may work toward EPA/ CFC certification. Carpentry (2 years, 6 credits) Explore careers in residential and commercial carpentry, including cost and materials estimating and remodeling, while learning comprehensive carpentry skills. CAD - Computer-Aided Drafting and 3D Animation (2 years, 6 credits) Explore careers in drafting, animation and design while learning technical skills using AutoCad software. Graphic Communications (2 years, 6 credits) Instruction on digital layout and design with Adobe Creative Suite as well as designing and publishing HTC newsletter; production procedures, digital 4-color printing, screen printing of T-shirts and hoodies, vinyl signs and decals. Radio Broadcasting and Journalism (2 years, 6 credits) Explore careers in commercial production, digital editing, news broadcasting, script writing, and radio programming while participating in live broadcasting. Web Development/Programming (2 years, 6 credits) Learn to design and construct Web pages using HTML, JavaScript, Java, Dreamweaver, Flash, and other programming languages. Learn project-management skills and become a Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW). BUSINESS MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION Electricity and Cabling (2 years, 6 credits) Learn basic principles of direct and alternating current with emphasis on residential wiring. Earn one year of nationally accredited electrical apprenticeship through standardized tests. Legal Systems Administration (1 year, 3 credits) Learn business skills, legal terminology, and various legal documents that are utilized in the legal field. Also, participate in mock trial simulations with real life court officials (judges, attorneys, etc.). Masonry (2 years, 6 credits) Explore careers in residential and commercial brick and masonry construction while learning how to read blueprints, mix mortar and construct walls, corners, piers and chimneys. Key: Offered at Hermitage Technical Center Offered at Highland Springs Technical Center Offered for dual enrollment at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Systems Administration (1 year, 3 credits) Learn business skills, medical terminology & abbreviations, record keeping, and various insurance documents that are utilized in the medical field. Also, participate in a dual-enrollment class to receive college credit. EDUCATION AND TRAINING Early Childhood Education and Services (2 years, 6 credits) Prepare for child-care related professions such as child care, teaching, child psychology, etc. Experience in-class instruction and on-the-job training in a preschool setting. Students who successfully complete the two-year program will receive an industry certification upon passing a certification exam. 38 Section III Technical Center Programs

39 Technical Center Programs An Overview Students from Deep Run, Freeman, Glen Allen, Godwin, Hermitage, and Tucker high schools attend Hermitage Technical Center unless the technical program is offered only at Highland Springs Technical Center. Students from Henrico, Highland Springs, and Varina High Schools attend Highland Springs Technical Center unless the technical program is offered only at Hermitage Technical Center. Admission is through an application process. HEALTH SCIENCE Emergency Medical Technician (1 year, 3 credits) Gain knowledge and learn the skills to become a certified emergency medical technician. This course is an excellent introduction to any health/medical occupation or public safety career. Nurse Aide (1 year, 3 credits) This course provides clinical experience in long-term care settings and is an excellent introduction to basic nursing skills. Learn anatomy, physiology, nutrition, and geriatrics. Pharmacy Technician (1 year, 3 credits) Learn how to assist a pharmacist in ordering, stocking, packaging, and dispensing medications for related medical careers. Cosmetology (2 years, 6 credits) Successful completion of this twoyear course will qualify students to take the state board exam and potentially become a licensed cosmetologist, salon manager/owner or makeup specialist. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Computer Systems Technology (2 years, 6 credits) Students learn how to install, setup, service, troubleshoot, network and maintain PCs while preparing for CompTIA's A+ and Net+ industry standard certifications. This class is dual enrollment with ECPI University and students may earn up to 6 college credits. LAW, PUBLIC SAFETY, CORRECTIONS AND SECURITY Practical Nursing I (Seniors only, 3 credits) Explore nursing in med-surg and long-term care. After successful completion of Practical Nursing I, II, and III (9 months post-graduation) the student is eligible to take the NCLEX-PN to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. Sports Medicine (1 year, 3 credits) Develop skills required by professional athletic trainers, physical therapists, nutritionists, and other health and medical personnel. Veterinary Science (2 years, 6 credits) Explore a career in the veterinary field through hands-on experiences in order to learn proper health care and maintenance of animals. Students may become certified in Veterinary Assisting. HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM Culinary Arts (2 years, 6 credits) Learn the art and science of culinary preparation from a certified executive chef and gain hands-on experience in the restaurant business. This program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation. Criminal Justice (2 years, 6 credits) Dual Enrollment with ECPI University 12 college credits, instruction provided in all areas of Criminal Justice including law enforcement, corrections, legal and forensic science, as well as physical training. MANUFACTURING High Tech Academy (2 years, 6 credits) Prepare for a career in the high tech industries including science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Be introduced to different disciplines of engineering. Help answer the question "when are we going to use this?" by applying math and science. Get a head start in your college career; earn up to 28 college credits from VCU. Precision Machining Technology (2 years, 6 credits and 15 hours of college credit) Prepare for certification as a machinist apprentice or machine operator. Learn how to safely operate milling machines, lathes, drill presses and cut-off saws. Also offering Computer Numeric Control (CNC) and welding. TRANSPORTATION, DISTRIBUTION, LOGISTICS Travel and Tourism (1 year, 3 credits) Explore careers in travel and tourism by gaining knowledge of the travel/tourism industry to include cruises, airlines, lodging, and car rental. HUMAN SERVICES Barbering (2 years, 6 credits) Learn technical skills and job opportunities of a licensed barber. Successful completion of this twoyear program will qualify students to take the state board exam and become a licensed barber. Auto Body Repair (2 years, 6 credits) Gain hands-on experience with welding, plastic fillers, and refinishing equipment and processes. Automotive Technology (2 years, 6 credits) Learn maintenance and diagnostic procedures. Take the NATEF with N3SA Certification ASE Test. BG service approved training. AYES paid internships are available for second year students with sponsoring dealerships. Students receive Commonwealth of Virginia Safety Inspection License Training. Section III Technical Center Programs 39

40 HIGH TECH ACADEMY HIGHLAND SPRINGS TECHNICAL CENTER The High Tech Academy is a dual enrollment credit program offered by Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Located at Highland Springs Technical Center, this collaborative program prepares secondary students for future careers in high tech industries. Students in this two-year program follow a rigorous academic curriculum which incorporates industrial applications in a high tech atmosphere. Working in teams through project based learning, the students engage in coursework in advanced mathematics and science within the framework of high tech industrial applications. HTA students can receive up to 28 dual enrollment credit hours through VCU. Applicants must be registered in a Henrico County high school. Two curriculum tracks are available based on the student s math background (see below). A completed application, transcript, and three teacher recommendations (one science, one mathematics, and one other) are required. An orientation at High Tech Academy and VCU prior to attending High Tech Academy is required. Track 1 Track 2 Sample Four-Year Curriculum Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12 English 9 English 10 English 11 English 12 Social Studies Social Studies Virginia and United States History Virginia and United States Government Health and P.E. Health and P.E. *World Language *World Language *World Language *World Language Elective Elective Track 1 Offered Every Year Geometry Algebra II VCU Precalculus (4 cr. VCU) VCU Calculus (8 cr. VCU) Earth Science Biology VCU Chemistry** (8 cr. VCU) VCU Physics** (8 cr. VCU) Elective Elective Engineering Explorations I Honors Engineering Studies Honors Track 2 Not Offered Every Year Algebra Geometry Algebra II Honors VCU Precalculus (4 cr. VCU) Earth Science Biology VCU Physics** (8 cr. VCU) VCU Chemistry** (8 cr. VCU) Elective Elective Engineering Explorations I Honors Engineering Studies Honors *NOTE: Refer to Section I to determine which graduation requirements apply to you. **VCU Sciences may be taken in any order. For information, call the Highland Springs Technical Center at Section III - High Tech Academy

41 SECTION IV Specialty Centers and Programs: Curriculum Models with Course Descriptions

42 Advance College Academy Highland Springs High School Students earn an advanced studies high school diploma by taking a wide range of honors and AP level classes. Students earn an Associate of Science degree in Business Administration from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College (JSR) during their four years in high school. All 60 JSR credits are eligible for transfer to a four year college or university. College courses are taught by selected HCPS teachers, credentialed as adjunct professors with JSR. There is no charge for students to enroll in the program or earn an associates degree through the program. Advance College Academy Curriculum Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12 Honors English 9 Honors Biology Honors Geometry (or higher) Honors World History II **World Language Health and P.E. HCPS Elective Honors English 10 Honors Chemistry Honors Algebra II (or higher) AP European History **World Language Health and P.E. HCPS Elective ENG 111 & 112* (AP English 11) AP Physics or AP Chemistry 1 MTH 163 & 270* (Calculus) HIS 121 & 122* (US History) World Language BUS 100* & HCPS Elective or JSR Elective** (at cost) (Intro to Business) ENG 241 & 242* (AP English 12) BIO 101 & 102* (AP Biology) ACC 211 & 212* (Accounting I & II) ITE 115* & ITE 140* (Microsoft IT Academy) Political Science 211 & 212* ECON 201 & 202* Additional Requirements: Students must successfully complete Algebra I and maintain a 3.0 GPA when applying. It is recommended that students complete World History I prior to enrolling in the academy. SDV 100/ HLT 116 College Success Skills & Personal and Community Health - to be taken during the summer prior to Grade 11 Economics & Personal Finance - must be taken online during the 4-year program 3 Years of one world language or 2 years, each, of two world languages is required for graduation from high school. Students that have not completed the Algebra I requirement in middle school may apply. These students may receive conditional acceptance. Full acceptance will only be given with the completion of Algebra I in summer school with a grade of B or higher. NOTES: 1 In order to take AP Chemistry students must take Earth Science in 8th grade. * All courses identified with asterisks are JSR courses that will meet the requirements of an advanced studies high school diploma. ** JSR Electives Curriculum is subject to change. 42 Section IV - Specialty Centers and Programs

43 Advance College Academy J. R. Tucker High School Students earn an advanced studies high school diploma by taking a wide range of honors and AP level classes. Students earn an Associate of Science degree in Social Sciences from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College (JSR) during their four years in high school. All 60 JSR credits are eligible for transfer to a four year college or university. College courses are taught by selected HCPS teachers, credentialed as adjunct professors with JSR. There is no charge for students to enroll in the program or earn an associates degree through the program. Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12 Honors English 9 Honors Biology Honors Geometry or Algebra II Honors World History II World Language Health and P.E. HCPS Elective Additional Requirements: Advance College Academy Curriculum Honors English 10 Honors Chemistry Honors Algebra II or Math Analysis AP European History World Language Economics & Personal Finance Health and P.E. HCPS Elective English 111 & 112* (AP English 11) AP Physics or AP Chemistry 1 Math 163 or 270 & Math 240* (Precalculus or Applied Calculus & Statistics) History 121 & 122* (AP VA and US History) Spanish or French I & II* (Beginner or Immediate Spanish or French) HCPS Elective English 242 & 243* (AP English 12) Biology 101 & 102* (AP Biology) AP Calculus or AP Statistics Political Science 211 & 212* (AP VA and US Government) Psychology 200 & 230* (Psychology 1 & 2) Intro to Computer Applications 115* (test out or at cost) World Language HCPS Elective JSR Elective* Students must successfully complete Algebra I and maintain a 3.0 GPA when applying. It is recommended that students complete World History I prior to enrolling in the academy. SDV 100/ HLT 115 College and Life Success Skills/Personal and Community Health - to be taken during the summer prior to Grade 11 Economics & Personal Finance - must be taken online during the 4-year program 3 Years of one world language or 2 years, each, of two world languages is required for graduation from high school. NOTES: 1 In order to take AP Chemistry students must take Earth Science in 8th grade. * All courses identified with asterisks are JSR courses that will meet the requirements of an advanced studies high school diploma. ACA students are eligible to test out of ITE computer science. Curriculum is subject to change. Full course descriptions available on the website Section IV - Specialty Centers and Programs 43

44 Center for the Arts Henrico High School Faculty augmented with resident and visiting artists Four levels of musical theatre - vocal production, dance, acting techniques, theatre history, microphone techniques, music theory and history, audition preparation, performance Four levels of dance - ballet and modern dance techniques, aesthetics, nutrition, anatomy, choreography, dance history, kinesiology, audition preparation, performance Four levels of theatre - acting techniques, creative expression, technical theatre, aesthetics, production, audition preparation, script and character analysis, character development, performance Four levels of visual arts - art and design principles, history, aesthetics, proficiency in a variety of artistic media and technique, exhibition of student art work Sample Four-Year Curriculum Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12 Center Module I Acting Studio/Production Design I (2 periods) or Ballet/Modern Dance I (2 periods) or Visual Art I (2 periods) or Musical Theatre I (2 periods) Arts Infused English 9 Mathematics Arts Infused Science Arts Infused Social Studies *World Language +Health and P.E. 9 or Elective Center Module II Acting Studio/Production Design II (2 periods) or Ballet/Modern Dance II (2 periods) or Visual Art II (2 periods) or Musical Theatre II (2 periods) Arts Infused English 10 Mathematics Arts Infused Science *Arts Infused Social Studies or Elective *World Language +Health and P.E. 10 Personal Finance and Economics Center Module III Acting Studio/Production Design III (2 periods) or Ballet/Modern Dance III (2 periods) or Visual Art III (2 periods) or Musical Theatre III (2 periods) English 11 - Arts Infused/AP Language and Composition Mathematics Science Virginia and United States History *World Language Elective NOTES: * Refer to Section I to determine which graduation requirements apply to you. Center Module IV Acting Studio/Production Design IV (2 periods) or Ballet/Modern Dance IV (2 periods) or Visual Art IV (2 periods) or Musical Theatre IV (2 periods) English 12 - Arts Infused/AP Literature and Composition *Mathematics or Elective *Science or Elective Virginia and United States Government *World Language Elective + Students participating in the Center for the Arts Dance, Theatre and Musical Theatre programs will receive credit for the Physical Education component of the Health and Physical Education 9 and 10 Courses. The students will be required to complete the Health portion of the Health and Physical Education courses through online Health modules. This will be required to receive the Health and Physical Education credits for graduation. It is recommended that students in the Visual Arts program complete Health and Physical Education credits in summer school or evening school. 44 Section IV - Specialty Centers and Programs

45 Center for the Arts - Henrico High School Course Descriptions (cont.) Course Descriptions Acting Studio/Production Design I Honors Course # weeks (2 crs.); required for Center students; Grades 9-12 Study speech, vocal projection, movement, improvisation, dramatic literature, and creative writing. Examine technical aspects of theatrical production and apply skills in performances. Explore selected topics on the history of theatre, and examine relationships between theatre and other art forms. Acting Studio/Production Design II Honors Course # weeks; (2 crs.); required for Center students; Grades 9-12 Develop acting techniques and theories with emphasis on script analysis and character development. Undertake an in-depth exploration of Classical theatrical literature. Application of skills is demonstrated through performances. Acting Studio/Production Design III Honors Course # weeks; (2 crs.); required for Center students; Grades Focus on audition preparation and professional practice, including the application of skills in performances. Study of theatrical theories, techniques of direction, and selected history topics. Expanded investigation in creative writing, including personal writing skills and critiques. Acting Studio/Production Design IV Honors Course # weeks; (2 crs.); required for Center students; Grades 11-12; may be repeated for credit Emphasis on theatrical literature, character development and production practices. Apply skills in performance, direction, and production, culminating in a class-produced performance of an established script. Ballet/Modern Dance I Honors Course # weeks; (2 crs.); required for Center students; Grades 9-12 Develop a positive attitude toward dance and explore the relationships of dance to the other arts. Develop basic movement and techniques in ballet, modern dance, and other dance forms to develop the body. Learn dance vocabulary, study selected topics in history, and share skills attainment through performances. Ballet/Modern Dance II Honors Course # weeks; (2 crs.); required for Center students; Grades 9-12 Develop an appreciation of dance contributions and histories from different ethnic groups and historical periods. Continue to develop traditional and new dance techniques and their vocabularies, as well as improvisation. Emphasis on more complex choreography with the application of skills demonstrated in performance. Ballet/Modern Dance III Honors Course # weeks; (2 crs.); required for Center students; Grades Learn movement composition and interpretation and create dance sequences to prepare for auditions and performances. Develop a movement vocabulary that will aid in self-discovery and individual choreography. Develop an appreciation for the aesthetics of dance and the arts. Ballet/Modern Dance IV Honors Course # weeks; (2 crs.); required for Center students; Grades 11-12; may be repeated for credit Increase student proficiency in all areas of dance and movement. Explore dance opportunities in college and universities, and purse venues for professional development. Explore creative expression through choreography that culminates in an original dance project. Visual Art I Honors Course # weeks; (2 crs.); required for Center students; Grades 9-12 Understand the elements and principles of design and study selected topics in art history. Learn essential skills and techniques for creative expression through drawing, painting, sculpture, and printmaking. Explore the relationships between the visual artist, their products and the impact they have on society. Visual Art II Honors Course # weeks; (2 crs.); required for Center students; Grades 9-12 Participating in Visual Art I is not a prerequisite for taking Visual Art II. Improve technical applications and techniques for creative expression in a variety of art forms. Study selected topics in art history, color theory, architecture, and investigate elements and principles of design. Explore artistic concepts through analysis, structure and production. Section IV - Specialty Centers and Programs 45

46 Center for the Arts - Henrico High School Course Descriptions (cont.) Visual Art III Honors Course # weeks; (2 crs.); required for Center students; Grades Participating in Visual Art II is not a prerequisite for taking Visual Art III. Continue to study topics in art history with thematic units that emphasize creative problem solving. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the elements and principles of design and various artistic techniques. Participate in discussions and demonstrations with experts to foster professional development. Visual Art IV Honors Course # weeks; (2 crs.); required for Center students; Grades 11-12; may be repeated for credit Participating in Visual Art III is not a prerequisite for taking Visual Art IV. Investigate, create, and present a directed production of an independent, cumulative, and unified body of work. Explore contemporary art issues and research a variety of topics. Musical Theatre I Honors Course # weeks; (2 crs.); required for Center students; Grades 9-12 Begin development of essential skills in vocal production, music reading and eartraining, and dance techniques. Introduction to the history of the American musical theatre and the study of basic stage movement and character building. Participate in building group skills utilizing appropriate vocal literature with the application of skills demonstrated through performance. Musical Theatre II Honors Course # weeks; (2 crs.); required for Center students; Grades 9-12 Focus on acting techniques, speech and dialects, character building and script analysis. Refine individual skills in vocal and dance techniques, with an increased emphasis in ensemble work. Explore improvisation and acting exercises, scene work from musicals, and performance opportunities. Musical Theatre III Honors Course # weeks; (2 crs.); required for Center students; Grades Focus on audition and monologue preparation, scene study, vocal production, dance skills, and acting methodologies. Continued study of selected theatre developments, dramatic theory and criticism. Explore educational opportunities in college and universities, and purse venues for professional development. Musical Theatre IV Honors Course # weeks; (2 crs.); required for Center students; Grades 11-12; may be repeated for credit Apply skills in performance, direction, and production culminating in a class-produced performance. Emphasize the effect of American musical theatre on American culture. 46 Section IV - Specialty Centers and Programs

47 Center for Communications Varina High School Comprehensive study and refinement of writing and speaking skills necessary for effective communication Applications of communications principles in areas such as television, multimedia, public speaking, photography, graphic design, journalism, advertising, web design, and public relations Ethical and technical aspects of communications Field trips, guest speakers, field experiences, and shadowing opportunities in partnership with the business community Production of student news shows, commercials, newspapers, speeches, multimedia presentations, websites, advertising campaigns, public service announcements, and a senior portfolio Sample Four-Year Curriculum Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12 Center Module I English 9 Communications & Technology Connections Mathematics Science Health & P.E. + World History & Geography II *World Language Center Module II English 10 Communications Writing & Production I (2 periods) Mathematics Science Health & P.E. *World Language Center Module III AP English 11 Communications Writing & Production II (2 periods) *Mathematics *Science Virginia and United States History *World Language NOTES: * Refer to Section I to determine which graduation requirements apply to you. + It is highly recommended that students complete World History & Geography I before enrolling in this Center. All students, beginning with the graduating class of 2015, must successfully complete Personal Finance and Economics or an acceptable alternative as an elective or online. Course Descriptions Center Module IV AP English 12 Advanced Communications: Writing, Production, and Directed Research (2 periods) Virginia and United States Government *Mathematics or Elective *Science or Elective *World Language Communications and Technology Connections Honors Course # weeks; (1 cr.); required; Grade 9 Write and deliver formal and informal speeches and presentations. Develop skills in news writing, reporting, script writing, and editing. Explore computer information systems, desktop publishing, graphic design, photography, and video production. Communications Writing and Production I Honors Course # weeks (2 crs.); required; Grade 10 Deliver persuasive speeches, oral interpretations, and presentations with visual aids. Further develop skills in news and script writing, desktop publishing, photography, video production, and editing. Study the newspaper, magazine, and book industries. Communications Writing and Production II Honors Course # weeks (2 crs.); required; Grade 11 Study the television and radio industries. Study and deliver on-air presentations. Apply skills in news and script writing, video editing, desktop publishing, web design, graphic design, and on-camera performance. Advanced Communications: Writing, Production, and Directed Research Honors Course # weeks (2 crs.); required; Grade 12 Design, produce, and present a variety of communications projects. Study the film, advertising, and public relations industries. Participate in shadowing experiences with professionals in the communications field. Section IV - Specialty Centers and Programs 47

48 Center for Education and Human Development Glen Allen High School Exploration of human development and psychology as it relates to education and models best practices for teaching and other leadership roles An advanced studies program in social studies and English Comprehensive curriculum that explores the complexities of the learning process and utilizes the latest technology to develop educators and other leaders in the 21st Century Emphasis on research-based instructional practices and 21st Century skills necessary for success in the global society Sample Four-Year Curriculum Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12 Center Module I English 9 +World History and Geography II Child Growth and Development +Mathematics Science Health and P.E. *World Language NOTES: Center Module II English 10 Technology and Communication in the 21st Century AP Psychology Mathematics Science Health and P.E. *World Language Personal Finance and Economics (online) Center Module III AP English 11 AP US History Foundations of Teaching and Learning (1/2) Instructional Design (1/2) Course Descriptions *Mathematics or Elective *Science or Elective *World Language or Elective Elective Center Module IV AP English 12 AP Government Internship/Organizational Development and Leadership Education Dual Enrollment *Mathematics or Elective *Science or Elective *World Language or Elective * Refer to Section I to determine which graduation requirements apply to you. + It is highly recommended that the students complete World History & Geography I before enrolling in this Center. This course is required for the Advanced Studies Diploma and the Center Diploma Seal but is NOT included in the Center s curriculum. ** All students, entering 9th grade in 2011 and beyond, must complete Economics and Personal Finance or an acceptable alternative as an elective or online. All Center courses will be taught in the interdisciplinary model. Teachers will demonstrate and model methods of best practice, differentiation of instruction, and student centered lessons. The curriculum will encourage students to become active and engaged participants in the lessons presented. Child Growth and Development Honors Course # weeks (1 cr.); required for Center Students Level I: Grade 9 Examine the different stages of development from childhood to young adulthood from a psychological standpoint. Develop skills in perception and psychological research to enhance understanding of mental processes and behavior. Technology and Communication in the 21st Century Honors Course # weeks (1 cr.); required for Center Students Level II: Grade 10 Explore the fundamentals of advancing technology and how it relates to classroom instruction. Develop skills in the creation and implementation of lessons using appropriate technology. (Investigate the evolution of technology over time as it relates to best practice in education.) Gather, analyze, and interpret data. (Develop and implement student created curriculum.) Foundations of Teaching and Learning Honors Course # weeks (1/2 cr.); required for Center students Level III: Grade 11 Examine the historical and philosophical foundation for educational practice. Observe and analyze teaching methods and the use of modern educational theory. Develop skills in lesson plan creation modeling best practices and differentiation of instruction. 48 Section IV - Specialty Centers and Programs

49 Center for Education and Human Development - Glen Allen High School Course Descriptions (cont.) Instructional Design Honors Course # weeks (1/2 cr.); required for Center students Level III: Grade 11 Systematically analyze the learning needs and goals of organizations. Develop solutions to organizational problems that improve employee performance and organizational effectiveness. Use data and current standards to drive instruction and lesson creation in education. Organizational Development and Leadership Honors Course # weeks (1/2 cr.); required for Center students Level IV: Grade 12 Examine and evaluate effective instruction and uses of best practices in the 21st Century model. Analyze and observe the traits of effective leadership. Internship Course # weeks (1/2 cr.); required for Center students Level IV: Grade 12 Complete 60 hour internship with a local agency or community organization. Seek opportunities to practice instruction and model leadership qualities during internship experience. Education Dual Enrollment Course # weeks (1 cr.); required for Center students Level IV: Grade 12 Dual Enrollment Explore differentiated instructional strategies for learning and performance focusing on the strengths and needs of diverse learners. Determine alternative methods of instruction for diverse learners. Explain how specific teaching strategies can best serve individuals of varying levels of development, ability, and achievement. Section IV - Specialty Centers and Programs 49

50 Center for Engineering Highland Springs High School Rigorous pre-engineering program founded in advanced studies of mathematics and science applicable to both a college engineering curriculum and many technical careers Field studies, mentoring, and internships in partnership with business Use of computer-aided drafting (CAD) systems in engineering, architecture, and design Modern technologies, including telecommunications, networking, and computer software applications Exploratory and summer programs Sample Four-Year Curriculum Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12 Center Module I Foundations of Engineering and Design *Engineering Mathematics I Biology English 9 Social Studies Health and P.E. World Language Center Module II Engineering I Design I Engineering Mathematics II *Chemistry English 10 Social Studies Health and P.E. World Language Optional Semester Electives - (2 if P.E. taken in summer) Center Module III AP Chemistry Engineering II Analysis/Trig. AP Calculus AB Practicum in Engineering I (optional) Aerospace Technology I (optional) English 11 Virginia and United States History World Language Electives NOTE: * Students must meet Center criteria through successful completion of Algebra I prior to enrolling in this Center All students, beginning with the graduating class of 2015, must successfully complete Personal Finance and Economics or an acceptable alternative as an elective or online. Course Descriptions Center Module IV Engineering Design and Methods (cluster of four dual enrollment courses) Practicum in Engineering I or II (optional) AP Calculus BC AP Physics Aerospace Technology I (optional) English 12 Virginia and United States Government World Language Foundations of Engineering and Design Honors Course # weeks (1 cr.); required for Center students; Grade 9 Explore history and fundamental concepts of the engineering profession. Use a variety of technologies for research and problem solving. Use AutoCAD in conjunction with engineering projects and problem solving. Engineering I Honors Course # weeks (1 cr.); required for Center students; Grade 10 Explore energy and power as applied to engineering and transportation. Apply mathematical and scientific principles to substantiate engineering problem solving skills. Develop and present research projects that explore energy and power applications. Design I Honors Course # weeks (1 cr.); required for Center students; Grade 10 Develop skills in material selection, prototyping, and documentation through hands-on projects. Apply advanced research methods and design technologies to solve design problems. Analyze existing products and apply this information to designing prototype projects. Engineering II Honors Course # weeks (1 cr.); required for Center students; Grade 11 (18 weeks of Engineering Economics and 18 weeks of Statics) Learn and apply concepts of statics. Learn and apply principles of engineering economics. Explore material applicability to problems through cost analysis, performance, and feasibility. Engineering Mathematics I Honors Course # weeks (1 cr.); required for Center students; Grade 9 3 SOL Geometry end-of-course test Introduce geometric concepts stressed in engineering and/or design professions. Apply 2D and 3D geometrical principles to engineering related problems. Model and analyze structures using computers and other technological tools. Engineering Mathematics II Honors Course # weeks (1 cr.); required for Center students; Grade 10 3 SOL Algebra II end-of-course test Introduce and stress the Algebra II concepts used in engineering-related problems. Apply algebraic modeling principles to engineering-related principles. Investigate discrete topics related to engineering and/or design. 50 Section IV - Specialty Centers and Programs

51 Center for Engineering - Highland Springs High School Course Descriptions (cont.) Math Analysis/Trigonometry Honors Course # weeks (1 cr.); required for Center students; Grade 11 (See Course #3162 in Section V for specific course content.) AP Calculus AB Course # weeks (1 cr.); required for Center students; Grade 11 (See Course #3177 in Section V for specific course content.) AP Calculus BC Course # weeks (1 cr.); required for Center students; Grade 12 (See Course #3179 in Section V for specific course content.) Biology I Honors Course # weeks (1 cr.); required for Center students; Grade 9 3 SOL Biology end-of-course test (See Course #4310 in Section V for specific course content.) Chemistry I Honors Course # weeks (1 cr.); required for Center students; Grade 10 3 SOL Chemistry end-of-course test (See Course #4410 in Section V for specific course content.) AP Chemistry Course # weeks (1 cr.); required for Center students; Grade 11 (See Course #4470 in Section V for specific course content.) AP Physics Course # weeks (1 cr.); required for Center students; Grade 12 (See Course #4570 in Section V for specific course content.) ENGINEERING DESIGN AND METHODS HONORS (cluster of four dual enrollment courses listed below) Courses #8488, 8489, 8490, and weeks (2 crs.); required for Center students; Grade 12 These dual enrollment courses are taught by professors from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College: JSR EGR110 Engineering Graphics Course #8488 (3 semester hours college credit; 1/2 high school credit, is awarded weighted credit) Presents theories and principles of orthographic projection Analysis and graphic presentation of fundamental geometric elements Includes instruction in computer-aided drafting JSR EGR124 Introduction to Engineering and Engineering Methods Course #8489 (3 semester hours college credit; 1/2 high school credit, is awarded weighted credit) Introduce the engineering profession, professionalism, and ethics. Explore problem presentation and engineering calculations. Apply MATLAB, ALICE and other computer applications to engineering problems. JSR EGR 140 Engineering Mechanics - Statics Course #8490 (3 college credits; 1/2 high school credit; weighted credit) Introduces mechanics of vector forces and space, scalar mass and time, including S.I. and U.S. customary units. Teaches equilibrium, free-body diagrams, moments, couples, distributed forces, centroids, moments of inertia analysis of two-force and multi-force members, and friction and internal forces. JSR EGR 206 Engineering Economy Course #8491 (3 college credits, 1/2 high school credit, weighted credit) Presents economic analysis of engineering alternatives Studies economic concepts as applied in the field of engineering Examines economic optimization in design and operation, depreciation and comparison of alternatives Practicum in Engineering I Honors Course #8453 ; Grade 11, 12 Complete an independent study at the Engineering Center. Strengthen engineering skills in research, design, prototyping, production and timemanagement. Incorporate appropriate software and/or technologies into independent project. Practicum in Engineering II Honors Course #8456 ; Grade 12 Complete an independent study at the Engineering Center. Strengthen engineering skills in research, design, prototyping, production and timemanagement. Explore STEM and emerging technologies in the research process Aerospace Technology I Honors Course # weeks (1 cr.); optional for Center students; Grade 11 or Grade 12 Introduction to flight, space travel, and supporting technologies. Hands-on approach to study concepts including the history of aviation, aerodynamics, aircraft components, flight conditions, airport and flight operations, space, rocketry, and the aviation and space industries. Develop and present research projects that explore aerospace technology. Section IV - Specialty Centers and Programs 51

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